Federal judge blocks sports betting in New Jersey

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Updated: 3/01/2013 12:53 pm

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge in New Jersey has ruled against legalizing sports betting in New Jersey.

In a decision released late Thursday, U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp in Trenton, N.J., issued a permanent injunction barring New Jersey from offering sports betting.

Shipp sided with the four major pro sports leagues and the NCAA. The organizations sued last year after Gov. Chris Christie signed a sports wagering law and announced plans to award licenses starting in 2013. The U.S. Justice Department later joined the leagues' suit.

The New Jersey law wanted to allow sports wagering at Atlantic City casinos and the state's horse racing tracks. It would exempt games involving New Jersey colleges or college games played in the state.

The ruling is expected to be appealed.


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